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06 Jun

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75 years ago today…

June 6, 2019 | By | No Comments

Today, 75 years ago, Allied forces hit the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe in the greatest amphibious assault in history. 

Today is also the day we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of George Reed, Inc. for it was on this day, the 6th of June, 1944 that my Grandmother Rose, doing the books of the newly established company, deposited the very first payment for road oiling that my Grandfather, George Reed had done that summer so long ago. The 1st ledger entry in Rose’s exquisite cursive penmanship was an entry for $2,463.71 in cash from Pacific Packing Company, grandfather’s first job in their newly formed business. It was for oiling Pacific’s packing yard with a cutter asphalt oil. There are other entries during the same week of $58.25  from a Mr. J. M. Duffy, $63.39 from Mrs Irma Dooley, $29.52 from Mr. G. O. Hollingsworth, and $63.80 from G. R. Trent, for farm roads in the Modesto vicinity. 4 days later payment check  #1 was cut to A. M. Hedgecock for $150.00 with the notation “grader work” and another to Frank Oldham for $41.20 for hauling a roller and Standard Oil Company for the weekly oil bill of $583.53. Old Modesto names of John Beard, N. Sciabica, and C B Rumble were among George and Rose’s  first clients. Check #22 was to George’s older brother C. E. Reed for $510.00 for the monthly rental of an old Fageol oil spreader truck. Each week Grandmother would cut a check to Standard Oil Company for the oil and another check to Hedgecock for the week’s grading. Grandfather had suggested that Hedgecock and he become partners but Hedgecock turned him down and just wanted to be paid for work done weekly. It was not long after this that Grandfather was turned in to the State Contractors Board for not having a license by a competitor, Standard Materials. The Board agent visited Grandfather whereupon the agent gave him an application and a book to study to take the test. Shortly thereafter Grandfather, at age 46 with only a 6th grade education, had his license. 

That first year George and Rose grossed $18,650.71 and netted $4,020.15 while taking a salary of $1,481.72. Today we honor their sacrifice and memory and the start of our Companies and also the thousands of employees and families who have helped build and nurture, through good times and bad, this enterprise forward in building a better future. Thank you.

24 Apr

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George Reed ranks as ‘Best Place to Work’ 2018

April 24, 2018 | By | No Comments

Rankings Released for Best Places to Work: Central Valley

April 9, 2018 (Modesto) —Central Valley organizations with a strong workplace environment were recognized on Thursday, April 19 at the Ceres Community Center. In front of a crowd of elite local businesses, the companies receiving the award for Best Places to Work: Central Valley were named.

The complete list of recipients is as follows:
J.S. West & Companies
Community Hospice
DeHart Plumbing Heating and Air
Grimbleby Coleman CPAs
Huff Construction Company, Inc.
George Reed, Inc.
PMZ Real Estate
Prime Shine Car Wash
O’Dell Engineering

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is in its second year of program participation and expects double digit growth for the 2019 program, which will begin in October.“The organizations selected for this designation are leaders in their field without exception,” said David White, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus. “Their cultures and emphasis on employee satisfaction are evident in their employee response and evidence shows prospective employees will look favorably on these rankings as they search for their next position.”
All companies that participated in the 2018 Best Places to Work: Central Valley program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is brought to you by Opportunity Stanislaus, Prime Shine Car Wash, and the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Best Places to Work: Central Valley visit http://bestplacestoworkcentralvalley.com/.

31 Jul

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Mike Gourley honored for 30 years of service

July 31, 2014 | By | One Comment

Wednesday, July 30th 2014:  The staff at George Reed honored one of their own with a BBQ luncheon. Mike Gourley was honored for his 30 years of service with the company. Mike began his career with George Reed in 1984. He has worked as an Estimator and Project Manager and has been a key part of many projects that George Reed has performed over the years. Mike works mainly in the Sonora area these days. When asked if he had any plans on leaving the company? Mike answered “I am not going anywhere. I still have some good years left in me.”

Mike was also presented with a celebration book which also contained several amusing and notable quotes that Mike has been known to say to his co-workers over the years.

Thank you Mike for your many years of service and loyalty. We look for to many more to come.

08 Jul

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Milestone: Rosie R. Martinez

July 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Rosie Martinez started with the company in April of 1984 while she was still a student at Modesto Junior College.
She began as a receptionist, then an A/P Clerk and a Payroll Clerk, until the position of Contract Administrator was created. Rosie Martinez held that position for over 20 years.
Currently she is back in the Estimating Department supporting the Estimating Team with all their needs.
This April marked 30 years of service for Rosie with George Reed, Inc.

Thank you for all your service and dedication Rosie!!!

27 Jun

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George Reed Inc. Welcome to our new website

June 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

After months of painstaking work George Reed Inc. is proud to launch our new web site along with a vibrant social media campaign! We will be working hard to bring you quality content and helpful information to make your experience with our company a positive one. Please contact us with any thoughts or ideas on how to improve your online experience with George Reed Inc. Thank you!

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